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Tags: Immigration | Trump Administration | kencuccinelli | senate | confirmation | resistance

Ken Cuccinelli Pushing Envelope in Acting USCIS Role

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Ken Cuccinelli (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 01 September 2019 08:52 AM

As the Trump administration continues to deploy its tightening of immigration and citizenship policies, President Donald Trump's critics are concerned it is all being rolled out by an acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), who has not had to face Senate confirmation.

Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli would have trouble being confirmed in the Senate, according to The Hill.

"He's not confirmed because he cannot get confirmed, because people wouldn't vote for him, and that's a real concern," liberal activist group, The Immigration Hub, Director Kerri Talbot told The Hill.

"He's very much just focused on amplifying Trump's message . . . and that's just not the mission of USCIS."

But President Donald Trump is reveling in moving his agenda forward with acting directors amid resistance from what he calls "obstructionists" in Congress.

"I think acting is great," President Trump told reporters this week. "As far as I'm concerned, acting to me is good.

"And if I like the people I make them permanent. Acting gives you great flexibility that you don't have with permanent."

And Director Cuccinelli has been acting aggressively of late to move the agenda, moving to restrict legal immigration, limit access to government benefits for immigrants, and cracking down on curbing illegal immigration.

"[Cuccinelli] is essentially functioning like a typical appointee that's been confirmed by the Senate in that role would, pushing forward a very aggressive policy agenda," Obama administration chief counsel to USCIS Ur Jaddou told The Hill. 

"They were looking for more, and that's what they found I think in this individual. He seems to be pushing the envelope quite a bit, even more than I thought was already beyond the pale."

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As the Trump administration continues to deploy its tightening of immigration and citizenship policies, President Donald Trump's critics are concerned it is all being rolled out by an acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), who has not had to...
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